Stormy Daniels Sues Trump For Defamation

At issue is Trump’s dismissal of a composite sketch that Daniels says depicts a man who threatened her to keep quiet over alleged affair (pictured).

Stormy Daniels filed the complaint in federal court in New York on Monday. At issue is a tweet Trump made in which he dismissed a composite sketch that Daniels says depicts a man who threatened her in 2011 to stay quiet about her alleged sexual encounter with Trump.

In the tweet earlier this month, Trump said: β€œA sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!”

The filing says the tweet was β€œfalse and defamatory”, arguing that Trump was speaking about Daniels and that he β€œknew that his false, disparaging statement would be read by people around the world, as well as widely reported”. It also says Daniels has been β€œexposed to death threats and other threats of physical violence”.

Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages. Her attorney Michael Avenatti said Monday: β€œWe intend on teaching Mr Trump that you cannot simply make things up about someone and disseminate them without serious consequences.”

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